Premier files $2M libel lawsuit against Hudak, MacLeod

Premier Kathleen Wynne is seeking $2 million in damages in her libel suit against PC Leader Tim...

Premier Kathleen Wynne is seeking $2 million in damages in her libel suit against PC Leader Tim Hudak and PC MPP Lisa MacLeod. Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:43 PM ET

TORONTO ─ Premier Kathleen Wynne is seeking $2 million in damages in her libel suit against PC Leader Tim Hudak and PC MPP Lisa MacLeod.

Wynne is demanding the two Progressive Conservatives publicly apologize and retract statements that she may have been involved in the illegal destruction of documents.

"Following the premier's open letter, a lawyer's letter, and the notice of libel ─ Mr. Hudak, Ms. MacLeod, and the Ontario PC Party had the opportunity to admit they went too far, retract their false statements, and apologize," Zita Astravas, a spokesman for Wynne, said in an e-mail Tuesday. "They chose not to, and as a result, the statement of claim was delivered today.

"Mr. Hudak, Ms. MacLeod, and the PC Party still have an opportunity to do the right thing ─ apologize and retract their comments. If they do, this action will not be pursued further and damages will not be sought."

If successful in her legal action, the premier will turn the money over to charity, Astravas said.

MacLeod said Wynne is trying to stop her from doing her job as her party's energy critic.

"I think they would do anything at this point in time to have the Progressive Conservative caucus, including my leader and myself, stop talking about the $1.1-billion cancelled gas plants as well as the alleged cover up the OPP ITO (information to obtain) has demonstrated and which is the focus of the gas plant committee probe," MacLeod said, referring to a police search warrant application alleging computer hard drives in the office of former premier Dalton McGuinty were illegally wiped.

At the time the documents were allegedly destroyed, a government committee was seeking all records that would explain why the Ontario Liberals cancelled two gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

The Tories have suggested Wynne either played a role or ought to have known about the destruction, but the premier says the alleged incidents never occurred in her office and she is unaware of any such activity.


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